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Hypervisor tech to combine complex automotive apps

13 Jul 2015  | Christoph Hammerschmidt

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Magna Electronics has announced that it is leveraging the hypervisor technology to integrate complex platforms in the car. The Canadian-Austrian company will launch a solution that uses the PikeOS hypervisor from Sysgo for various customer projects, starting with Magna's SurroundVue 360° vision system.

The PikeOS hypervisor was specifically designed for the development of software for embedded systems with security requirements. With real-time virtualisation and partitioning PikeOS offers all the features required for the development of modern multi-functional and highly integrated devices. The PikeOS architecture forms the basis for certification and official approval of critical systems according to standards for functional safety and IT security.

PikeOS been used for many years as a basic software in aircraft electronics to reduce the number of isolated components and thus the complexity of the overall system. The increasing number of software applications and assistance systems also requires in automotive electronics very similar system architectures such as in an airplane. With PikeOS, system software vendor Sysgo is supplying a hypervisor that creates separate private partitions for different software applications and controls communication and data flow between the applications and the hardware This enables the integration of applications of different criticality on one hardware platform. Any necessary certifications according to standards for functional safety (eg ISO 26262) or IT security (eg Common Criteria) can be made separately for each application. Features such as Secure Boot and Secure Update enhance security of the entire system even when updates for individual components of the software landscape.

The production start for Magna's SurroundVue system is scheduled for 4Q15.

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